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Why Citations Matter

Introduction

There are many reasons why it is important to cite the resources that you consult when researching a paper. The most important of these are:

  • Gives credit to authors whose works you have used (whether you quote them or not).
  • Provides a trail by which others can locate the materials you consulted.
  • Provides evidence of your research.
  • Properly citing materials is one strategy to help you avoid plagiarizing.

Choosing a Citation Style

Which citation style you should use depends upon the subject area of the class and the preferences of your professor. There are three major citation styles:

What is Plagiarism

Plagiarism is using another person's work without giving them credit.
At UVM plagiarizing, whether intentional or by accident, is a violation of the Code of Academic Integrity (PDF).

Strategies for Avoiding Plagiarism

  • Never cut and paste material into a paper.
  • Learn to properly quote or paraphrase others' work in your writing
  • Cite your sources using the style recommend by your professor.

Learn More about Plagiarism

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